The University of Melbourne is ranked No. 1 in Australia and 54th worldwide according to the Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU) for 2013, ahead of Australian National University (No. 2 in Australia and 66th worldwide).

The University of Queensland has improved its position in the top 100 Academic Rankings of World Universities for 2013, ranked 85th overall worldwide, its best-ever performance in this international ranking, and the third-highest by an Australian institution in 2013. UQ's international rankings in the Life and Agriculture Science field also improved, rising from 45th to be ranked at 40th internationally.

The University of Western Australia has risen to 4th place nationally and ranks 91st in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013. It is also ranked 26th in the world for Life and Agricultural Sciences, in the band 51-75 in the field of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy and in the subject band 76-100 for Chemistry.

Macquarie University retains its place alongside the University of Adelaide as the 8th highest ranking Australian institution.

The Top 5 Australian universities as ranked by ARWU:
Country Rank, Institution, World Rank
1 University of Melbourne 54
2 The Australian National University 66
3 The University of Queensland 85
4 The University of Western Australia 91
5 University of Sydney 97
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek